As of the 1st February the Federal Government implemented new legislation so that prescriptions will now list the generic name or active ingredient of a medication, rather than automatically using a brand name.
This change will see a shift towards more generic medications being used which will save the health dollar and hopefully reduce medication errors.
There may be occasions when a specific brand of medication would be recommended and your doctor can still prescribe by brand if this is deemed clinically necessary. The prescriptions will still print with the active ingredient first followed by the brand name in brackets. You will also be able to choose the brand you prefer when you get your medicines from the pharmacy. Your prescriptions will remain available via e-scripts.
If you have any queries, questions or require a particular brand, please discuss this with you doctor when next getting scripts. Pharmacy labels and the My Health Record will also start using generic names of the 1st February.